03/05/2015 (Continuous Resonance solo improvisation)


Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 03/05/2015
Location: Practice Room B at South Whidbey High School. Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone / piano


I had a bit of unexpected time to myself between teaching students this morning, and I used it to work on creating cyclical, diatonic actions focused in the key of C major. I wanted to impart a feeling of continuance and some predictability in the scalar motion, but used intermittent tonguing punctuations to break up the phrasing and incorporate the allusion of arpeggiation. I would rise up in the scale, then back off a bit, climb a bit further, then maybe much further up the scale. I largely limited myself to the tenor range of a Low D to a High E for some time, but I eventually began incorporating outside tones into the scalar motion as well, working to create a kaleidoscopic sound.

During this piece I placed my mic setup into the belly of an old upright piano, played with my bell against the shell and put down the sustain pedal.


The image accompanying today’s post by Cheyney Thompson